Music Therapy Master's Degrees
Music Therapy Master's Degrees
Develop Your Clinical Skills
You will develop your skills as a music therapist, with focus on evidence-based music therapy techniques that promote changes in cognitive, sensorimotor, speech and language, and psychosocial functioning. This degree develops your use of music therapy techniques to:
- Rehabilitate individuals with neurologic disease and disorders
- Maintain functioning with older adults
- Improve the communication, academic performance, and social skills of children with disabilities
- Promote cognition and enhance memory
- Facilitate motor development in children with disabilities
- Improve treatment outcomes
- Plan A – 30 credits are required.
- Plan B – 32 credits are required.
- A minimum of 24 credits must be earned at Colorado State
- University (up to six transfer credits accepted).
- Up to nine credits may be taken before formal admission to
the degree program. The degree is available with a thesis
- (Plan A) or a non-thesis (Plan B) option in which the student completes a final project and written exam.
Western Regional Graduate Program
The Master of Music (M.M.), Music Therapy Specialization is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) exchange, which offers select graduate programs at the resident tuition rate to qualified non-resident students. Visit our WRGP webpage to learn about eligibility and the application process.
Master of Music, Music Therapy Specialization
The Master’s degree program in music therapy at Colorado State University is intended to provide Board Certified music therapists with advanced training in clinical skills and research. Our curriculum specializes in neuroscience and evidence-based music therapy to improve sensorimotor, speech and language and cognitive function in children and adults who have disabilities. Specifically, the study of music therapy at CSU is designed to prepare music therapists for advanced clinical work in music therapy, as music therapy supervisors and administrators and for teaching positions at the college or university level.
Two master’s curriculum tracks are offered: the first is a thesis program of 30 credit hours designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete a substantial research project. The second track is a 32-hour program that requires, in lieu of a thesis, additional course work in music therapy, a final project, and a common final exam. Either program prepares the student to pursue doctoral study. Our academic curricula are approved by both the American Music Therapy Association and the National Association of Schools of Music.
Applicants are expected to be Board-Certified Music Therapists (or eligible to sit for the exam) and demonstrate excellent musicianship and interpersonal skills.
Master of Music, Music Therapy Specialization, with Equivalency
The Master of Music, Music Therapy Specialization, with Equivalency is designed for the person who has earned an undergraduate degree in music and desires to study music therapy at the graduate level. Students in this program concurrently take the necessary undergraduate prerequisite course work to fulfill requirements for entry-level practice and graduate course work in advanced clinical practice and research. As in the Master of Music Therapy program a thesis or additional course work is required for graduation.
Students entering the equivalency program must have completed an undergraduate music degree or, at a minimum, four semesters of music theory, two semesters of music history and four to five semesters of applied study. After completion of all course work and a six-month clinical internship at an approved site the student is eligible to sit for the Certification Board for Music Therapists exam. Following completion of the internship the student will complete an advanced clinical practicum.
- Bachelor degree in music (i.e., performance, bachelor of music education).
- Application and audition information (PDF)
ONLINE: Master of Music, Music Therapy Specialization
Colorado State University is committed to providing you flexible, convenient, and high quality degrees and courses online and at a distance. Advance your career as a music therapist while maintaining your current work placement. Through your course of study, you will learn how to use music as a form of therapy to address the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social needs of individuals.
Learn to work with people who have neurological disorders such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, autism, developmental disorders, and multiple sclerosis.
As this degree is delivered mostly online, earn your music therapy degree at your own pace and still maintain full-time employment. The program requires only one on-campus session, typically during the second year of the program. These weekends, from Thursday to Sunday, include training that is not possible to receive online.
Your interaction with the faculty and fellow students depends on the specific course. Online courses do provide you with online office hours and email contact. Collaborate on projects and exchange ideas with fellow classmates through email and discussion board postings.
Entrance Requirement: Applicants to the Master of Music, Music Therapy Specialization are expected to be Board-Certified Music Therapists (or eligible to sit for the exam) and demonstrate excellent musicianship and interpersonal skills. The Equivalency degree is offered on-campus only.
For more information, visit online.colostate.edu.